Sleepovers are time-honoured traditions that every child looks forward to. However, if hosting duties fall to you, excitement can quickly turn to dread. Don’t worry though, planning a sleepover is easier than you think. In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to host an unforgettable sleepover this year!
Have a clear headcount
The number of children that you have at your house will directly impact your plans. Catering for two guests and looking after 8 are two completely different challenges. To ensure that you have enough food, supplies, and activities, get a clear headcount and commit to it. Whilst being flexible at the last minute can be nice, it may make your life very hard if you’ve made specific plans. Explain to your child how many people they are allowed to invite and be clear about this number. This way you can hopefully avoid any last-minute additions.
Be firm with drop off and pick up times
Being relaxed about a pick-up time may seem like a good idea, however, you probably won’t be too happy about it when you have extra bodies in your house for the entire weekend. To make life easier for you and the other parents, set a clear drop-off and pick-up time so everyone can plan accordingly. Things may come up, of course, but more often than not, you’ll find that people will stick to the time that you’ve agreed upon.
Ask the important questions
When looking after children, you need to be aware of their needs. This includes any mental health issues, medications, or allergies. Make sure to get all of this information before they arrive and that you have an emergency contact for every child too.
Plan food in advance
Trying to get a group of children to decide what they want to eat on the spot will likely be challenging and expensive. To make your life easier, plan a menu with a few options that are easy to prepare. This will give you better control over your budget and allow you to offer some healthier options too.
Now that the important stuff is out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. With more children in your house, having entertainment options is more important than ever. Make sure that you have plenty of options like movies, games, free kids cartoons, and more so that no matter the weather or the mood, you have something to occupy their time.
Let the kids have fun
Lastly and most importantly, don’t forget to let your kids have fun. They won’t need a strict schedule full of activities, just a relaxed environment where they can enjoy themselves. Don’t forget to treasure these events too as they will create as many memories for your children as they do for you!